BANGKOK, Thailand — King Vajiralongkorn presided over a ceremony to enshrine the ashes of his late father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej in two historic Buddhist temples yesterday, drawing an end to five days of elaborate royal cremation ceremony and year-long mourning.

The ceremony which has been estimated to cost around 3 billion Baht (RM370 million) began last Wednesday and touted as the most elaborate royal funeral ceremony in Thai history.

The two golden urns containing ashes of the late king were moved from the Grand Palace in a royal procession including the horse cavalry led by the king’s daughter, Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, an equestrian medallist at the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games 2017.

Throughout the procession, the golden urns were held by King Maha Vajiralongkorn and his younger sister, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in a royal car, watched by thousands of mourners who packed all the streets leading to the temples.

The late King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away on Oct 13 last year, bringing an end to seven decades of reign.

His son, King Vajiralongkorn, a decorated soldier and military pilot, was proclaimed as the new king late last year.


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